(Last Updated On: April 4, 2017)



International Festival

Greensboro, N.C. (March 20, 2017) – Triad residents can travel the globe this weekend, right on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) campus. The 35th annual International Festival, or I-Fest, offers music, food, exhibits, educational demonstrations and live entertainment from nearly all regions of the globe. More than 29 countries and cultures will be represented this Saturday, April 8, at UNCG’s longest running cultural event on campus.

“UNCG is an incredibly diverse university,” said Lauren Hudson, international student activities coordinator for UNCG’s International Programs Center (IPC). “I think having a festival that celebrates and promotes cultural diversity speaks to that tradition. This event allows us to showcase and embrace the traditions of UNCG international students, scholars and visitors, as well as the greater Greensboro community.”

This year, there will be 50 booths and 20 performances along College Avenue on campus from noon to 5 p.m., with cultures from Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East represented. The event, sponsored by IPC, is free and open to the public.

A large Japanese Taiko drum ensemble, Earth Spirit Taiko, will kick off the festival performances at noon. Throughout the afternoon they’ll be followed by a variety of other performances, including Bollywood dance, Korean pop and Mexican dance from Jalisco. Many of those performing will be UNCG students.

Food will be available for purchase from food trucks, and free food samples will be offered at individual booths. Crafts from different countries will also be for sale.

“The International Festival is a great opportunity to highlight our UNCG international community not only to on-campus folks but also to those who visit from other places,” said Associate Provost of International Programs Dr. Penelope Pynes. “It is a collaboration of a variety of offices, students and local community members, making it a truly vibrant celebration. It’s amazing to celebrate its 35th year.”

For more information, including a map and schedule of events, visit the I-Fest website.

About The University of North Carolina at Greensboro – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a high-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with more than 19,600 students and 2,500 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 86 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 52 master’s and 28 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in education, health and wellness, the performing arts, business and the arts and sciences, among others. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.